Every year, approximately 13 out of every 1,000,000 Connecticut residents are struck by a vehicle and fatally injured while they are simply out taking a walk or trying to get somewhere on foot. Tragically, most of these accident victims are young children. 

Connecticut boasts a wide range of topographies including mountain ranges, coastal lowlands, salt meadows, rocky peninsulas, and seaside harbors. Regardless of which part of Connecticut you live in, parents have a responsibility to talk to their children about pedestrian safety. 

It does no matter if you live in the bustling metropolitan city of Bridgeport or your house sits again the hushed rural backdrop of Old Lyme, in order to ensure the safety of your children, it is important to address some of the widespread misconceptions surrounding supposedly “safe” pedestrian behavior. 

Taking a look at a few of the more popular myths that people, especially children, believe is one way of ensuring the safety of everyone, from the oldest to the very youngest Connecticut pedestrian.

MYTH: It Is Always Safe to Cross When the Light is GreenMyths About Pedestrian Safety in Connecticut Your Child Should Know

In Connecticut, drivers are allowed to make a right on red. A car could only be to the middle of an intersection when the traffic light changes. It isn’t uncommon for drivers to race through an intersection while completely disregarding the signal. 

Be sure that your child understands that a green traffic light does not always mean that he or she can simply step out into the intersection and make it across the street safely. A green light simply indicates that they may approach the street with caution and common sense. 

Remind children that they should look to their right, then to their left, and then to their right again before they step out into the road. 

MYTH: All Traffic Signals Mark Safe Crossing Places

Although you often see traffic signals at crosswalks and crosswalks are designed to be safe places for pedestrians to cross the street, it is a mistake to assume that all traffic signals indicate inherently safe crossing spots. 

If you see a traffic signal but there is no crosswalk to be found, there is most likely a good reason. It could be that a driver’s line of sight is partially blocked as they get closer to the light. It could also be an area where the speed limit for oncoming traffic does not give drivers enough time to safely come to a stop. 

Remind children that they should look for a marked crosswalk, and never assume that a traffic signal designates a safe place for them to cross the street.

If your child sustains an injury while they are walking or playing outside, we know that your child’s health is going to be your first priority. Retaining an experienced Connecticut pedestrian accident attorney will ensure that every step of the claims process is handled by a respected professional.

If you or your child have been injured due to another person’s carelessness, negligence, or maliciousness, we urge you to reach out to an attorney with over 30 years of experience in handling these types of Connecticut personal injury cases as soon as you can. 

Here at Moynahan Law Firm, our attorneys are prepared to respond aggressively to your accident claim and ensure that you receive the full amount of financial compensation you are entitled to under Connecticut law. 

If you would like a free evaluation of your Connecticut pedestrian accident claim by a member of our legal team, then please call our offices at (203) 597-6364 and make an appointment today.